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Republicans take aim at U.S. Ebola response as fourth case emerges

Friday, 24 October 2014 12:25
By David Morgan and Toni Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's response to Ebola ran into fresh criticism from Republicans in Congress on Friday, as the emergence of a fourth U.S. case in New York City heightened public anxiety about the potential spread of the virus. Darrell Issa, the California Republican who chairs the House Oversight Committee, blasted what he described as a "bumbling" administration response characterized by missteps and ill-considered procedures to protect…
Islamic State used chlorine gas in fight north of Baghdad, say Iraq officials
Friday, 24 October 2014 12:20
BAGHDAD (AP) — Islamic State militants used chlorine gas during fighting with security forces and Shiite militiamen last month north of Baghdad, Iraqi officials said Friday. The disclosure comes on the heels of similar reports from the Syrian border town of Kobani, indicating that the extremist group may have added low-grade chemical weapons to an arsenal that already includes heavy weapons and tanks looted from captured military bases. Three Iraqi officials — a senior security…
Car smashes into Calif. restaurant, 7 injured
Friday, 24 October 2014 12:20
DUBLIN, Calif. (AP) — Police say seven people were injured when a car crashed into a restaurant in a Northern California shopping center. Lt. Nate Schmidt tells the Contra Costa Times (http://bit.ly/1wiuHSV ) that the 56-year-old female driver had just pulled into the parking lot outside Taqueria Los Pericos on Thursday night when she accidentally accelerated and plowed through the storefront in Dublin, a city about 25 miles east of Oakland.
NIH: Nurse Nina Pham free of Ebola
Friday, 24 October 2014 12:20
DALLAS — Texas nurse Nina Pham, one of two caregivers to contract Ebola from Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan, is now free of the deadly virus, the National Institutes of Health announced on Friday. The federal medical research agency says Pham will be discharged from its facility. “She has no virus in her,” said Dr. Tony Fauci, NIH director. “She feels well.” The 26-year-old Pham arrived last week at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
Poll: Martha Coakley approaching another big loss in Massachusetts
Friday, 24 October 2014 11:25
Don't look now, but if the latest poll is accurate, Martha Coakley might be about to bungle another big election for Democrats in Massachusetts. Coakley, Massachusetts' attorney general, trails her Republican opponent in the state's gubernatorial race, Charlie Baker, by nine points, 45 to 36 percent, in a poll released Friday by the Boston Globe. It's the biggest advantage either candidate has enjoyed in months. While Baker has moved from 38 percent to 45 percent…
U.S. House panel to meet with safety regulators about Takata air bags next week
Friday, 24 October 2014 11:25
Why NYC Ebola case won’t be rerun of Dallas
Friday, 24 October 2014 11:19
NEW YORK — Craig Spencer, a 33-year-old Doctors Without Borders physician who recently returned from Guinea, became the fourth person ever diagnosed with Ebola on U.S. soil on Thursday night. He was rushed to Bellevue Hospital Center by paramedics in hazmat suits and placed in the site’s isolation ward. But New York officials quickly insisted that the city’s first Ebola case will be handled completely differently than Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan’s in Texas. Duncan was…
Scott Brown talks "rational fear" of Ebola in New Hampshire debate
Friday, 24 October 2014 10:24
The government's handling of the Ebola virus became a political football during Thursday's New Hampshire senate debate, with Republican candidate Scott Brown accusing the president of bungling the response to the virus and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen accusing Brown of "fear-mongering." Brown drew attention to the latest case of Ebola, diagnosed Thursday in New York City, saying the doctor who contracted the virus should have been quarantined earlier than he was. "He should have known better,"…
Man in NYC hatchet attack said to have Islamic 'extremist leanings'
Friday, 24 October 2014 10:19
Washington (AFP) - The man who attacked New York City police officers with a hatchet before being shot dead was reported to have Islamic "extremist leanings" police and a monitoring group said. The man, identified in the US media as Zale Thompson, had posted an array of statements on YouTube and Facebook that "display a hyper-racial focus in both religious and historical contexts, and ultimately hint at his extremist leanings," the SITE monitoring group said.
Suspicious yellow powder sent to U.S., other consulates in Istanbul
Friday, 24 October 2014 10:19
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Packets of an unidentified yellow powder were sent to the Canadian, U.S., Belgian and German consulates in Istanbul on Friday, prompting security alerts following two militant attacks in Canada this week. One Canadian consulate employee came directly into contact with the suspicious package and six others had indirect exposure, Turkey's disaster management agency AFAD said in a statement. Nine people were hospitalized as a precaution. Teams decontaminated the Canadian and Belgium consulates…

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